Protesters hold 'funeral' for proposed school voucher program

Posted at 5:12 PM, Apr 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-22 18:57:01-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Teachers, parents and students protested Governor Bill Lee's Education Saving's Account program with a New Orleans-style funeral.

The group met at the state capitol and walked quietly with a jazz band leading the way in hopes of sending a strong message.

The ESA bill would give money to families to send their kids to a school of their choice. The current house version would allow all counties to be a part of the program.
However, the people here are worried the public schools losing those students would only serve to harm the schools even more.

Opponents are worried that bill would essentially kill public schools.

The issue is expected to come up for a vote on the House floor Tuesday morning.

Some public school teachers are worried this bill would take funding away from Tennessee's lowest performing schools.

The version of the bill currently in the Tennessee House would allow all counties to be a part of the program.

Protesters spent an hour outside of the East side of the capitol. Most of the crowd were teachers who feel strongly that the Tennessee school system is already underfunded.